Sunday 24 July 2011

The Secrets of Fasting - Revealed!

"Piety cannot be imposed on the people. It has to come from within. Fasting is a good training ground for that" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

<<O you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you as it had been prescribed upon those before you so that you may attain Taqwa (piety, god‐consciousness)>> [Qur'an 2:183]. Not everyone who fasts purifies themselves and attains Taqwa. The goal of Fasting can only be achieved when Fasting is of a certain standard. Fasting has two dimensions to it - the inner dimension and the outer dimension. People focus on the outer dimensions of Fasting such as abstaining from food and drink and neglect the more important inner dimensions, thereby loosing the benefits and missing the goals of Fasting. The Prophet (PBUH) alluded to this when he said “Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness”. So Fasting is not just a bodily experience but it also has to be combined with the mind and the spirit (heart).

The inner dimension of Fasting is not just the "intention" or "niyyah" as many people think. It is much more deeper and comprehensive than that. These are the Secrets which if people knew and practised, they would have a very different experience in their Fasting and enjoy every moment of it. These secrets cannot be found easily from reading books or gained from listening to a lecture. They need to be imparted and explained by people of deep insight. So this is your opportunity to learn these "secrets" or inner dimensions which have been passed on from people of insight from generation to generation all the way from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The one-day seminar Treasures of Ramadhan by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi coming up this Saturday would be invaluable not just for the coming Ramadhan but for your whole life. Please sign up today to reserve your place for this unique seminar.

Exploring The Treasures of Ramadhan
Detailed Study Of Ramadhan Focusing On Purification & Self-Development

Instructor: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Date: Saturday 30th July 2011      Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue: Cambridge University

Facilities & Features: crèche/childcare, free 2 nights accommodation for travellers, free parking

Special Offers: Buy One Get One Free, Group of 5 Discount, Scholarships, Free Non-Muslim Guest Pass


"The sincerity and piety of sheikh Akram Nadawi was a great source of inspiration for me. His great knowledge was beautifully expressed masha' Allah in a very simple way that touches everyone in the audience regardless of their marital status. I came along with a friend who is a new Muslim not intending to attend all sessions, but we ended up there all day. The emphasis on the importance of the family, how simple are Islamic rules, the distinction between our cultural heritage and the true message of Islam and his openness to answer all audience questions, in my opinion were the reasons behind the great success of the session yesterday. It was a great honour for me to attend yesterday's session and I thank Allah for giving me the unique chance to attend a session by a great a scholar to guide me through out my marriage-life." - Mona ElQazzaz, PhD Student, Cambridge University

"Alhamdulillah I've attended 3 seminars of Sheikh Akram's so far, and Insha Allah I will keep coming back for more! He was introduced to me by my brother who attends his study circles regularly in Oxford. I loved the seminar on Women scholars in Islam, it was a total eye opener into what a Muslim woman's role in society is, which surprisingly (or not) goes against many cultiural and conventionally held notions of Muslim women. My other favourite one was the tafseer of Surat al Fatiha and the last ten surahs, I will not be exaggerating when I say that I truly found it mind blowing. Sheikh Akram is an absolute treasure trove of knowledge but Masha Allah he always carries himself with the utmost humility. I have already had a look at the list of future seminars and I think MEOC is doing a great job in giving the layman an opportunity to have an exciting insight into the world of Muslim scholarship with its choice of highly intellectual topics. Last but not least, its a great opportunity to meet new people of diverse backgrounds. Well done all of you and may Allah reward you for your efforts." - Dr Fathima Shyma Fazal, Boston, Lincolnshire

"I want to thank your organisation for arranging these series of lectures by Dr Nadwi. I have attended few of the seminars and have found them immensely enlightening. Dr Nadwi is a rare scholar of our times and although he is knowledgeable enough to talk at length on issues of philosophy, literacy or poetry, he is always keen to emphasise the practical implications of his teachings - that Islam in essence is a religion to be practiced with real actions and not confined to theory written in textbooks. MEOC has done an excellent job in the way they have taken care of all the details required of organising such events. I pray that Allah rewards all those involved in all aspects of these courses." - Dr Atiqul Baree, Portsmouth

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